I love California. From Dodger Stadium to Huntington Beach up to Monterey and Mendocino. California is beautiful, wondrous. That’s why what’s happening now makes me so upset.
It’s time to take the gloves off. Well past time in fact. Don’t read this blog post if you’re afraid of hearing the truth.
The Wuhan Coronavirus, to use a well-worn phrase, is what it is. Nothing less and nothing more. Stop it, right now, if you want to argue that COVID might do this and might do that in the future. It might do this or that – become twice as deadly, or far less deadly, or cause you to go blind, or to grow a third leg. But here’s the thing…
It is insane to base public policy on what might happen. We know what will happen if the pro-lockdown, “no normal life without a vaccine crowd,” carries the day. Adults make decisions based on what they know will happen, not on speculation.
I’m not going to over-analyze numbers. Why not? It’s pointless. It comes down to two key facts:
1) The odds of dying from COVID are minimal. Using CDC data plus realistic total infection rates (20 times documented positive tests) COVID kills about 0.26% of the people it infects. If you’re over 70 and have co-morbidities, your odds of getting very sick and/or dying go up, way up. If you’re under the age of 60 and in good health, you are far more likely to die from a car wreck, household accident, or homicide than you are from COVID.
2) The odds of crushing a small business owner by forbidding him to open his store is what gamblers would call a “lock,” a near certainty. When the government benevolently allows a businessperson to re-open, his customers are afraid to patronize his store for fear of getting sick. Talk about a dismal situation – billions of dollars in California have been lost since March. Hardest hit – restaurants, bars, shops, stores – any primarily indoor enterprise.
COVID, the Wuhan Coronavirus, whatever you want to call it, is not likely to go away anytime soon. Sure, sensible precautions are a good idea – social distancing, masks (probably, maybe) and frequent hand washing are beneficial. But closing down the State? More lockdowns?
No, Governor Newsom. In fact, HELL no.
As business owners, we are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. While most business owners lean towards the right side of the political spectrum, many of us have more traditionally Liberal inclinations. Throw all that out the window now, folks. This is something else.
As I told you a month ago, the pandemic debate has been thoroughly politicized. The Radical Progressive crowd views the pandemic as its best tool (the other being identity politics and inciting racial divisions) to defeat Trump in November. They do not care about facts, they only care about beating Trump. No matter what the cost.
If you own a business in California, what can you do? Honestly, you’ve only got two choices.
Choice number one – sell what you can, grab your family, and freaking leave. I love California. I have been a resident there twice in my life. But I would not live there again, not until things change.
Choice number two – fight like hell. I’m not advocating an armed insurrection. If it comes to that, we are all screwed. But it is time to make your voice heard, to protest, to practice civil disobedience. Take a stand. Put yourself out there.
In truth, there is a choice number three. Stand pat, remain silent, lay low, and hope this nightmare passes soon. If you do this, don’t be surprised when you are walking into court and filing bankruptcy. Doing nothing means the enemy wins without a fight.
I like to keep my blog positive, to talk about how we can better communicate with and serve our customers. But times require that we face what we are up against. Especially in California.
Demand that any political candidate you support in 2020 will 1) quit locking down the State because of politically motivated, over-hyped and anti-science COVID fears 2) FUND not DEFUND the police and protect both property and human rights and 3) understand that America needs a robust small business community to prosper as a nation.
The Presidential election this year is not Trump v. Biden. It is “America, Yes or No?” If the Radical Progressives win, they will do everything in their power to destroy American small businesses. For the Radical Left, the future belongs to the mega-corporations and the State, not to us.
To all my friends in California, and I have many, these are the toughest times you’ve faced in 85 years. Stand up and fight for your right to survive.